I don’t know if you’ve seen the new stamps previewing for Visible Image over the past week or so but they’ve just released NINE new stamp sets!! Whoop!! All are available for pre-order now and will be released on 22nd June for all your inky mitts! Mark has designed them all in the usual, slightly off the beaten track, Visible Image style and Helen has done an amazing job on the sentiments and all are going to be super popular as always!
Today I’m using the new Guardian Angel set… which kind of reminds me of the statue’s out of Dr Who. No? Just me then! Haha…
I love this stamp set, it’s so unusual and quirky and not like anything else on the market and I love that about Visible Image products… all that little bit different from everything else.
Anyway, to start this card I cut up a poster I bought from Paperchase that had an old New York map on it, adhered it to card and used a brayer to apply Gesso.
Using Distress Oxide ink pads in Dusky Concord, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire I’ve added stripes of colour before spritzing with water to give a mottled effect. For more texture, I then splattered black and silver ink before drying.
After much procrastination, I decided to add the Strobe stencil using a large die cut circle. I wanted a graduated colour so used Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink pad on the centre of the circle, then Hickory Smoke before a light coat of Black Soot. Looking at it, I felt it needed some light so went around the outside (over the black) using Scattered Straw and while the stencil was still in place I spritzed on gold Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.
To add some interest to the outskirts of the card, I’ve stamped on the little bubble stamp (which I know will be used so much on other projects so thank you Mark for the little background stamps you add to sets!)
I don’t know if it shows up in the photo but the bubbles have been graduated in colour from Ice Spruce at the top to Hickory Smoke in the middle to Black Soot down the bottom. I’ve used the die cut circle from before as a mask.
The Angel itself was heat embossed using Versamark and Wow’s! British Summertime which is a fabulous opaque grey.
Derwent’s Inktense pencils have been used to add colour. I love the smooth application of them and the colours are so beautiful. I opted for the same palette of colours so it echoed the background.
With the Angel and the wings all colours, it was time to start layering up the card. Having fussy cut the Angel, I added gold wire to the rear to break up the image. Using foam tape on the wings and the main image, I’ve given the Guardian Angel some dimension and I think looks a bit more dramatic.
For the finishing touches, I’ve stamped, coloured and trimmed the feathers and the dove and secured them to the card (some have foam dots added, some don’t).
To lighten the mood of the card, I’ve heat embossed the sentiment using Wow’s Opaque Bright White powder (this really is the best powder on the entire planet!)
It was then just a matter of adding glossy accent to some of the bubbles and on the dove and crackle accent to the feathers before placing to one side to dry thoroughly.
Here’s some of the products I’ve used… not all as I couldn’t fit them in the picture!
And here’s the Visible Image products I’ve used for this card…
And that’s it for today. Hope you love the new releases as much as I do. Check out the Visible Image Facebook Group for daily inspiration from the design team and don’t forget… all the new stamps can be pre-ordered before their release on June 22nd.
Hope to catch up soon… H x